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Old 12-22-2017, 09:22 AM   #1
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Mo's boyfriend, Taylor, and I joined Mark on Sunday evening at our Webb County ranch. Taylor was off work the first part of the week so I invited him to come to the ranch for a few days.

Taylor had hunted once when he was 10, some 15 years ago, and had never shot a deer. It was a last minute invite, so I outfitted Taylor with clothes, boots and a gun. We ended up not hunting Monday morning as we had some work to do around camp. We hunted Monday evening and Taylor missed a doe. He got his redemption early Tuesday morning when he shot an OLD buck with my 30-06!

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I talked Taylor through field dressing the buck and then he skinned and quartered it, breaking in my brand new Hitch Hoist that I picked up from the ForEverlast "deal of the week" on Friday!

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Mark had to head home after lunch. He called me shortly after he left and said a lady in a car had gotten stuck in the mud on the County Road a mile or so from our camp. Taylor and I pulled her out. Later, I ended up getting my pickup stuck while driving around the ranch. Fortunately, we were relatively close to camp and I was able to pull it out with the tractor.

Court and Kyle arrived Tuesday afternoon in our Suburban, and Taylor drove it back to his home in Richardson. We ended up making a trip to Laredo Tuesday evening at the expense of the afternoon hunt. (That is a long story of UPS incompetence, itself, that's better suited for another time!)

Wednesday morning, Court set up in my stand at Killin Tree while I sat concealed in a chair at the base of the mesquite to film. We had hogs on hand corn on the sendero before daylight, and waited for a shot op. Court got my attention and told me she could hear music playing off to the south. In short order, the hogs scattered and then a lone illegal walked right down the road, 25 yards from us! We sat quietly, unsure of whether there were more following behind. We opted to sit still and continue hunting to allow him to clear. As we sat contemplating what had just happened, I realized that he was heading directly toward my pickup, which was unlocked and had several firearms inside!

Courtney was rattled, and frankly I was a little concerned, as well. We climbed down and eased our way to the pickup - with my STI Duty One readied. Fortunately, the man had likely ducked into the brush to avoid the pickup. We returned to camp to regroup and cook breakfast. Kyle and Courtney each successfully stalked javelinas in the clearing behind our camp.

Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning hunts were uneventful, as deer movement seemed to slow with the warmer weather. After Thursday morning's hunt, we decided to ride around the ranch and check things out. There were three border patrol agents on horseback inspecting the west fence line. They were in a muddy area and we cut off before we got to them and continued driving around the ranch. We set up a ground blind to hunt later in the afternoon.

We decided to head back to camp for lunch and to rest before heading back out to hunt. As we arrived at the entrance to the back yard of the cabin, I looked up to unexpectedly see a red Ford Raptor coming around the cabin from the front gate, heading directly toward us. I stopped right in the gate entrance. Upon seeing us, the Raptor accelerated toward us, then veered left and blasted through the fence next to us, narrowly avoiding the batwing shredder, and across the clearing before disappearing into the THICK brush at a high rate of speed!

We were stunned and bewildered by what we had just witnessed. I decided to head toward the front cabin gate and back east, thinking maybe I could intercept them if they somehow managed to make it through the brush and back to a road. As we got to the gate, three unmarked vehicles drove past us heading west. I realized they were unmarked BP units. I called the BP phone number I have stored in my phone to report what we had just witnessed. The agent said they had agents and a helicopter in the area and had been looking for the Raptor (actually, they were apparently looking for multiple Raptors because he asked me to clarify that it "was the red one?" Within minutes a young agent arrived, and shortly after the chopper came buzzing by. The agent parked at our camp and then went in on foot where the Raptor had disappeared.

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The chopper circled the area for a bit, then seemingly landed on the caliche hill before elevating and heading north. Another agent, our ranch liaison, arrived and we chatted for a moment. The ranch manager from across the road came up and said the Raptor had driven across that ranch and busted through the high fence before heading through our camp. While I was talking to the agent, a report came across the radio that they had located the abandoned red Raptor a couple ranches northeast of us near the highway. It had to be at least 15 miles from us.

We decided to go investigate to see where the vehicle had exited the brush. I'm AMAZED that the Raptor made it through the thick brush and multiple rocky berms in that area.

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This is where it exited onto one of the ranch roads.

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We followed the tracks north past Killin Tree and to the north fence, where the Raptor had busted through the high fence and onto the neighboring ranch.

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After the excitement and adrenaline subsided, we realized it was time to hunt. I was set up at KT when I received a call from our agent asking if we were hunting. The lone agent that had followed into the brush on foot was unaccounted for, and he needed to patch the fence, but offered to wait until we were through hunting. I insisted that he proceed hoping he could locate his agent and so we didn't have to herd the neighbor's cows later in the night. He texted me shortly after that the agent had been located (I'm thinking he likely jumped in the chopper when it landed).

As should probably have been expected with all the activity, we didn't see any deer yesterday evening.

I have more video and pics that I'll upload later. We're finishing up our hunt today before we head north for Christmas. It has been a strange week, to be sure!




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Old 12-22-2017, 09:32 AM   #2
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Wow, crazy time for sure
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Old 12-22-2017, 09:34 AM   #3
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I would say crazy is an under statement! Glad that no one was hurt, did they end up catching the driver of the raptor?
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Old 12-22-2017, 09:36 AM   #4
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I'm curious to if they caught the driver also.
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Old 12-22-2017, 09:36 AM   #5
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Congrats Taylor.
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Old 12-22-2017, 09:38 AM   #6
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Wow. How far are yíall from the border?
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Old 12-22-2017, 09:41 AM   #7
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Old 12-22-2017, 09:41 AM   #8
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Old 12-22-2017, 09:47 AM   #9
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Im assuming a video will come out of all this ??? Its been a little while since you've posted one.
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Old 12-22-2017, 09:53 AM   #10
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Never a dull moment in S. texas
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Old 12-22-2017, 09:58 AM   #11
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Crazy for sure! May sound strange but for me, stuff like this kinda adds to the excitement of hunting down south. It gets wild down there and this stuff happens all the time. Not good for the hunting obviously but you'll tell that story forever.

Congrats to Taylor on his old buck!
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Old 12-22-2017, 10:08 AM   #12
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Geez thatís a heck of a week. Glad I donít hunt in S Tex lol


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Old 12-22-2017, 10:11 AM   #13
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We don't need a wall, nothing to see here. Rather obvious what their truck of choice is, so all of you Raptor owners better watch out.
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Old 12-22-2017, 10:28 AM   #14
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Was the Raptor and the road illegal related?
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Old 12-22-2017, 10:35 AM   #15
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Man thatís an eventful hunt! I recall years ago you commenting on how you were concerned on letting your girls hunt by themselves. Sounds like those concerns were well earned.
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Old 12-22-2017, 10:47 AM   #16
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My ranchers fix lots of high fence all the time due to these chases by BP.
At their expense and all hours of the night.

Sounds like a good commmercial for Ford raptor. “Built Ford Tough!”
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Old 12-22-2017, 10:47 AM   #17
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I've heard of several stories like this, and it's why the cartels like those big heavy duty four wheel drive pickups. They can take off through the brush and avoid the roadblocks running drugs and smuggling illegals.
I wouldn't be anywhere in south Texas without a sidearm or rifle nearby.
Proof that you never know what you might run into just around the next cactus.
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Old 12-22-2017, 10:52 AM   #18
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Crazy! Those Raptors are some bad machines.
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Old 12-22-2017, 10:53 AM   #19
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Never a dull moment, huh? Looking forward to the next installment.
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Old 12-22-2017, 10:58 AM   #20
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Nice...I hunted off of Mines Road last year and I have many memorable events and stories!
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Old 12-22-2017, 10:58 AM   #21
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I have posted on here about a guy that did that on my old place , except her poured gasoline on his self and the truck
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Old 12-22-2017, 10:58 AM   #22
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Dang!
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Old 12-22-2017, 11:03 AM   #23
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Wow! Have had some interaction with some brazen wetbacks before and some with docile ones but nothing like this!

Did they catch the occupants of the truck?
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Old 12-22-2017, 11:07 AM   #24
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Im assuming a video will come out of all this ??? Its been a little while since you've posted one.


Yep, I'll try to piece something together.

I texted the agent this morning. They caught 4 guys in the Raptor (not sure about driver) and a total of 21 in additional vehicles, including a "awesome F250 King Ranch."


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Old 12-22-2017, 11:10 AM   #25
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Yep, I'll try to piece something together.

I texted the agent this morning. They caught 4 guys in the Raptor (not sure about driver) and a total of 21 in additional vehicles, including a "awesome F250 King Ranch."


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Sounds like a bunch of dirt poor immigrants just looking for a decent job to feed their families in the Promised Land.
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Old 12-22-2017, 11:50 AM   #26
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That's nuts, can't wait to see the video.
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Old 12-22-2017, 11:54 AM   #27
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Sounds like a bunch of dirt poor immigrants just looking for a decent job to feed their families in the Promised Land.
I wanna be dirt poor with a raptor lol
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Old 12-22-2017, 12:04 PM   #28
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dang Micheal. That's just crazy stuff right there.
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Old 12-22-2017, 12:06 PM   #29
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Making memories for sure! (Although, I know not the memories you had in mind. ��)

So happy for Taylor...he’ll be wanting to do that again soon!

Be careful on the Christmas trek....
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Old 12-22-2017, 12:15 PM   #30
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Cutting “crops”. Traffic will increase heavily
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Old 12-22-2017, 12:42 PM   #31
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Sounds like a bunch of dirt poor immigrants just looking for a decent job to feed their families in the Promised Land.


Hahahah


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Old 12-22-2017, 12:51 PM   #32
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Dang I need to buy me a raptor!
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Old 12-22-2017, 12:58 PM   #33
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To bad they weren't in chevys. They'd never have made it through the first fence!
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Old 12-22-2017, 01:11 PM   #34
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Great looking skid steer you have.
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Old 12-22-2017, 01:29 PM   #35
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sounds like the BP agents should be equipped with Raptors as well in order to give a proper chase. Dukes of Hazard style ramping stuff & all.
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Old 12-22-2017, 02:26 PM   #36
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I wanna be dirt poor with a raptor lol
If you can afford a screwdriver you can drive a Ford.

Who needs a title.
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Old 12-22-2017, 03:01 PM   #37
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Wow
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Old 12-22-2017, 03:06 PM   #38
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wow, that is crazy
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Old 12-22-2017, 03:29 PM   #39
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Your story unfortunately plays out every day down in S Tx. How far off the border are you ? I have recovered 3 vehicles on my place over the years and I don't border any public roads. Sorry you had to deal w this crappola.
Glad no one got into an altercation w these fine upstanding folks.
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Old 12-22-2017, 03:37 PM   #40
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Old 12-22-2017, 03:52 PM   #41
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Wow. Crazy is an understatement. Stay safe in Webb Co


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Old 12-22-2017, 04:03 PM   #42
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Heard on the radio this morning the DEA has reported that the ramp up in violence this year on the east side of SA this past year was directly tied to a turf war between the cartels.
You can bet you haven't seen the end of incidents like the OP witnessed.
We need that wall!
Thanks to this being a sanctuary city.

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Old 12-22-2017, 04:32 PM   #43
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Taylor says thanks everyone!
Stay safe daddy, court and Kyle! I can't wait to see y'all tomorrow.


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Old 12-22-2017, 05:13 PM   #44
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Although not as uncommon as some might think it sure will rattle you. Glad y'all are safe
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Old 12-22-2017, 05:41 PM   #45
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That is some crazy stuff! Congrats to Taylor on the old buck!
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Old 12-22-2017, 05:47 PM   #46
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Just be safe! Missing them so much.


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Old 12-22-2017, 06:01 PM   #47
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Excitement of the wrong kind!

Congrats to Taylor on his old buck! Probably one you passed 5 years ago!

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Old 12-22-2017, 06:16 PM   #48
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That’ll get the ole pump room going!!
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Old 12-22-2017, 06:58 PM   #49
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I'll never forget sitting in the tree down there at Hi-line road, hog hunting. The brush started coming alive. I got excited. I then watch 15 humans walk by me at about 50 yards. It was surreal. That was close to 20 years ago. It's obviously only getting worse.
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Old 12-24-2017, 08:06 AM   #50
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Wow! We had two individuals cross through our ranch in Dimmit/Webb area this week as well. I wonder if there related events because I reported it to BP and they said it was part of bailout using a Raptor near our area. I actually requested one of the two and he was definitely Americanized ...spoke good English with no accent..... probably the driver. Unfortunately they were across a creek full of water and started running when I told them to wait right there!Raptor was out of Austin.


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